Samsung Rolls Out Galaxy Note II 'Phablet' During Week of Tablet Intros
NEWS ANALYSIS: In a week of clustered tablet introductions, the Samsung Galaxy Note II shows another approach. It’s a combination of a smartphone and a tablet. It's unclear whether this is a great idea or will just bewilder buyers.Samsung has introduced the 5.5 inch Galaxy Note II, the latest model in what is becoming perhaps the most diverse lineup of tablet models in the computer industry. The company already has 7- and 10-inch tablets and it’s got smartphones with screens in the 4+ inch range and smaller. And of course it’s got the 5-inch Galaxy Note. While the official unveiling didn’t take place until the evening of Oct. 24, T-Mobile was already selling the Note II. Sprint will follow T-Mobile by one day, but the selling price is a little lower. Samsung introduced the Note II a day after Apple introduced the long-anticipated iPad Mini and the surprise fourth-generation iPad. However, unlike most tablet and tablet-like devices, the Note II is aimed at business users that also like to do things such as play games. The Note II is obviously not a normal smartphone, but unlike the tablets on the market, it works like one when you want to make phone calls. It’s an attractive device that actually fits into most pockets, just like a phone.
But when you use it, the Note II is more like a tablet. The 5.5 inch screen is big enough to read or write on and it comes with Samsung’s S Pen that lets you create drawings and to write handwritten notes, which the Note II will translate into text, if you’re lucky. But there’s also no question that this isn’t like a basic 7-inch tablet.